Every Child Employable

Our goal should be Every Child Employable  

Of the 56 million job openings expected between 2002 and 2012, 27 million will require a high school diploma or less, 15 million will require some college or an associates degree, and 14 million will require a bachelors degree or more. How will the non-college graduates be employed? 

The largest category of jobs openings from 2002 to 2012 is the 27 million jobs requiring no college. Most of these require a small amount of on-the job training, but those requiring an apprenticeship will provide a financially rewarding career. The Occupational Outlook  Quarterly, Summer 2002 article Apprenticeships reports there will be over 3,00,000 jobs requiring an apprenticeship or a  postsecondary vocational award. Median earnings for the top 15 apprenticeship went from $48,570 for a power distributor and dispatcher to 40,420 for a stationary engineer and boiler operator. The more than 850 apprenticeship programs may be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, last 1 to 6 years, may contain classroom activity as well as on-the-job training for which the apprentice usually receives more than minimum wage. Popular programs boilermaker, carpenter, construction craft laborer, cook, electrician, Plumber, and telecommunication technician.

The editor/author of this material is Walter Antoniotti.

Job openings for occupations commonly held by workers with an associate degree provide meaningful, rewarding employment. The health care profession has six of the top fourteen occupations with 1,630,000 openings. Openings for computer support specialist are next with 520,000, followed by electrical professions with 430,000, administrators with 400,000, drafting and design with 260,000, hairdressing/cosmetologist with 240,000, and engineering with 170,000. Many other occupations are reported in the Winter 2002-2003 Occupational Outlook  Quarterly article  Associate degree: Two years to a career or a jump start to a bachelor's degree. For example, the highest earning occupation for 2001 was heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanic with a median weekly earnings of $941.  Drafting was last among the top 14 occupations with a median of $659. 

Military training is an interesting method of preparing for civilian employment and can result in a rewarding career. Visit  www.militarycareers.com for more information.

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